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Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Houssem Aouar, Thomas Partey, Boubakary Soumare – latest Premier League


Arsenal were humbled by Liverpool at Anfield on Monday night, proving Mikel Arteta’s journey is only just starting and that reinforcements are needed for the Gunners before the 5 October deadline. Midfield is the priority area to strengthen with the lengthy pursuits of Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey or Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

Sales are needed to fund those moves however, with the difficulty in extracting value from the sale of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi or Mesut Ozil, given the lack of suitors. A cheaper alternative midfield option could be Boubakary Soumare, with Lille ready to sell imminently.

Elsewhere, Reiss Nelson and possibly Emile Smith Rowe could earn loan moves to further develop with increased game time not available under Arteta, with Premier League clubs thought to be keen. And in defence,  Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis and Calum Chambers also appear to be available as the Gunners look to cut their squad down.

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‘PARTEY AND AOUAR ARE RIGHT FOR ARSENAL’ SAYS WINTERBURN

Arsenal legend, Nigel Winterburn says that Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are the right kind of names to be linked with the club. 

After a few seasons of staleness for the Gunners, Winterburn believes that Mikel Arteta has refreshed the squad and he’s confident the manager will bolster the midfield.


“Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are the right sort of names to be linked with Arsenal,

 “At times, for long periods, Arsenal have good possession of the ball. But when teams set up defensively, they struggle to break the opponent down,

“Last weekend [against West Ham] was actually a poor performance by Arsenal, but I’m happy about the result because last season that would have been a game that Arsenal would have lost,

“I’ve said for the last two seasons, that the Arsenal squad needs to be changed and refreshed,

“Mikel Arteta has come in, he’s addressed the defensive issues, and by considering Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey it looks like he’s starting to address the problems in midfield as well,

“Arsenal’s big issue is that they’ve got so many midfield players, they probably need to offload some before they can bring more in,

“However, players like Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are players that I’m pleased to see Arsenal linked with. They are different types of players that can bolster a midfield.”

Michael Jones29 September 2020 09:14

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AUBA REVEALS BARCA OFFER

One of the most intriguing bits of transfer news this week has been Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s admission that he rejected Barcelona in order to extend his contract with Arsenal.

The club captain put pen to paper on a new deal earlier this month, ending a summer of speculation around his future to the delight of Gunners fans.

Alex Pattle29 September 2020 08:48

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LILLE READY TO SELL ARSENAL TARGET

Lille are ready to sell Arsenal target Boubakary Soumare, the club’s president Gerard Lopez has told France Bleu.

Soumare is seen as an alternative to Thomas Partey, who is proving to be an expensive option for Mikel Arteta due to Atletico Madrid insisting on the full £45m buyout clause.

Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:08

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LATEST AOUAR BID

Arsenal’s problem with Lyon for Houssem Aouar is less about meeting a daunting asking price and more about negotiating with OL.

The latest offer is thought to be £36.5m plus £9m add-ons.

But Lyon are still holding out for around £50m.

Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:05

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ATLETICO DEMAND FULL CLAUSE FOR THOMAS

Atletico Madrid will not sell Thomas Partey to Arsenal for a penny less than his buyout clause.

That’s according to The Athletic, with the Gunners now left to decide whether they want to trigger the £45m clause.

The Ghanaian was only a substitute in the second half of the 6-1 win over Granada at the weekend.

Jack Rathborn29 September 2020 08:04



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